Saturday, December 12, 2015
If you have lived in the Denver area through at least one cold season, you may be fully aware of the fact that pipes can freeze easily and that this can result in considerable property damage and costly plumbing repair costs when the pipes burst. When the temperature outside plummets below freezing, the water in your pipes can also freeze. When this happens, the water in the pipes can expand, and the pressure on the pipes from the expanding water can cause them to burst. While you cannot prevent all of these types of plumbing issues from happening, you can minimize the likelihood of a winter pipe rupture issue by following a few easy steps. Wrap Your Exterior Pipes Plumbers will generally recommend that local homeowners take every step possible to secure their pipes before the first freeze of the year. You cannot easily wrap the pipes that are inside your home's walls, but there may be exterior pipes that you can access easily.
Friday, December 11, 2015
When a water heater breaks, it could send gallons of water all over your basement. If the flooding is not stopped, your basement could become susceptible to mold, mildew, and other symptoms of water damage. Furthermore, you won't have any hot water to bathe or clean with. Therefore, you shouldn't be afraid to make use of emergency plumbing services. Get Your Water Heater Fixed That Same Day You shouldn't have to live in a home that doesn't have hot water. You deserve to take a hot bath or have hot water to cook your children dinner after they get home from school. In some cases, you may need your hot water heater to heat your home during a cold winter's night. Whether it breaks in the middle of the day, the middle of the night or on a holiday, you can get emergency plumbing services whenever you need it.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
When your home is in need of a new system for heating and cooling in Denver, you will have many decisions to make. By working with your HVAC technician, you can sort through all of the different system features. One of the biggest considerations will be the energy efficiency of your new HVAC equipment. The system's energy efficiency is rated by the U.S. Department of Energy and is a measure of how well it converts electricity or natural gas into heated or cooled air. The higher the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner, the lower your home's heating and cooling costs will be. Energy Star Ratings One way to learn about a particular system's energy efficiency is to look at its product labeling. Energy Star rated furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners use at least 30 percent less electricity or natural gas to heat or condition the home's air.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Before autumn's colors fade and the outdoor temperatures plummet, it is important to have HVAC contractors in Denver come out to your home and get your furnace ready for the heating season. A properly maintained furnace is more energy efficient, safer and lasts longer with fewer unexpected breakdowns. These tips can help you to get your home's heating equipment ready for the upcoming cold weather. Schedule a Tune-up Your furnace should be serviced by an HVAC contractor before the cold weather arrives. Doing so when the weather is still mild ensures that your heating equipment will be working properly when you need it to. If any problems are detected during the inspection, your HVAC technician will have enough time to order parts and make the needed repairs to your system.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
When you live in Denver, you may wake up to more than 300 days of sunshine each year, but the days that are not so sunny couldhave a dramatic effect on your residential plumbing system. Once the warm summer days with low humidity give way to cooler autumn days, you will have to start to prep your home for snowfall that comes along with winter. While many residents look forward to the snowfall in winter so that they can enjoy winter recreation, your pipes will not be as “excited”. Winter brings freezing and pressure that makes it very difficult for your pipes to do what they were intended to do. With your pipes working overtime to bring you hot water while the ground is covered in snow, there is undoubtedly an increased risk of problems.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
A toilet is one of the more frequently used plumbing fixtures in the home, and it serves the important function of carrying waste water away from the home. When the toilet is not functioning properly, a messy issue can develop very quickly. Considering how critical the toilet’s function is and because of the desire to eliminate a messy problem as soon as possible, some homeowners will attempt to resolve a toilet issue on their own. There are certain instances, however, when you need to call plumbers in Denver for assistance.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Denver is known for having very long, cold winters as well as hot summers, and this means that homeowners in the local area use their HVAC system almost year-round. With this in mind, many homeowners are looking for ways to constantly save money on heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. There are a few easy tips that you can follow to reduce energy consumption related to your HVAC system without negatively affecting your comfort level in the home. Take Advantage of a Programmable Thermostat If you do not have a programmable thermostat installed, now is the time to do so. A programmable thermostat is designed to reduce your use of the HVAC system without impacting your comfort level by automatically adjusting the temperature settings based on your usual schedule.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
It’s just a matter of time now before winter sweeps in. Denver homeownersare as aware as anyone else of the unpredictability of the weather this time of year, which is why they should plan accordingly for the colder, bitter temperatures that will crawl over the next few months. This is where proper maintenance of residential plumbing and heating systems comes into play. Once really adverse weather descends upon the Rockies, the ground freezes quickly. Pipes often break when this happens, a devastating occurrence that is difficult to fix and can cost a homeowner a great amount of money and inconvenience. While the weather is still mild, it would be best for homeowners to have their plumbing and heating systems fully examined by a professional that specializes in residential plumbing and HVAC systems.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The repair or replacement of pipes in your Denver home is best left to plumbing professionals. However, as a homeowner, you can and should perform regular inspections of your plumbing system to ensure they are in good working condition. While professional inspections should be conducted yearly, you can do your own checks on a monthly basis. Use your eyes and ears to detect signs of impending plumbing issues. Visual Signs Make it a point to check the visible pipes in your home, such as those in the basement, crawlspaces, and utility rooms; and watch out for the following: Stains. Check the walls and surfaces near the pipes for stains due to leaks. House Logic states that even without visible dripping, stains can be a sign of past leaks that make future problems likely.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The plumbing system is one of the most important components in any home, including those in Denver. The pipes that compose the system perform heavy-duty functions. As such, they are designed to be durable – able to withstand high-pressure water and then some. However, all things have limits, including pipes. The lifespan of pipes vary, depending on the material they’re are made of and their use. Water Supply Improvement Center enumerates galvanized steel, copper, and plastic as common pipe materials used in home water supplies. Galvanized steel is coated with zinc. It was used in pipes before the 1960s so you might find such pipes in your home if it was built around those times. They were no longer used after that. You’ll likely need to have them replaced soon because their lifespan is around 40 to 50 years, and only if the water is in good condition.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
It’s the onset of cold weather in Denver, which means that a few weeks from now, your furnace will soon have to work twice as hard. Without inspection and cleaning, your furnace can wear out faster or stop working entirely. To spare your family from having to sleep through a chilly winter night, pay attention to these signs that your furnace may no longer be at its best shape and call a local heating and cooling specialist to perform repairs as necessary: 1. Your furnace is too old. A regular furnace has an average life expectancy of 16-20 years. If your furnace is nearing this age, have a professional come over to check for any problems that may occur in the coming months. If your furnace is way past this age, you should start shopping for a replacement now. Don’t wait for it to fail at the most inconvenient time.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
It’s now fall in Denver, and winter is just around the corner. Your cooling system is having its much-deserved break, and now the burden’s shifted to heating. With Denver averaging a thick 55 inches of snowfall each year, you have to ensure adequate heating to keep your tenants warm inside. As a landlord, what can you do to keep heating bills as low as possible without sacrificing your tenants’ comfort? Below are four effective tips: 1. Replace your heating system if needed. If you want to cut heating costs, consider replacing those old, worn-out heaters you thought could save you more because they’re cheap. According to a Denver HVAC expert, not only are these old heating systems a carbon monoxide hazard; they are also inefficient, and would therefore increase your gas bills tremendously. Plus, they are at risk of breakdowns.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
When fat, oil, and grease (FOG) is poured down the drain, they start to accumulate inside your pipes; and after a while, they clog your home’s drainage system. They can even end up clogging Denver’s main sewer lines, thus adding to the maintenance cost of the local government. To avoid this, have your drains inspected and maintained regularly by reliable plumbing services in Denver. With that in mind, here are a few useful tips on how you can keep your drains FOG-free. Do’s Do dispose of FOG in the garbage. Wipe your plates, pots, and pans clean with paper towel before washing them in the sink. It is not recommended to throw FOG and the soiled paper towels in a compost heap as this can attract rodents and prolong the composting process. A backyard composting bin will be safer.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Plumbing problems are some of the most common issues a household in Denver and anywhere else can face. Not only can they be a source of great inconvenience, they can also cause great damage to your home’s structure if left unchecked. That’s why whenever a plumbing problem occurs, you need to have it taken care of by professional plumbers as soon as possible. An even better measure than resolving plumbing problems right away is preventing them from happening. As a homeowner you can and need to perform certain maintenance tasks to avoid common plumbing issues. Below are some of the preventive measures you need to do.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Summer in Denver has become a hodgepodge of hot or dry and cold or wet weathers. There are days when the temperatures are in the 90s, and you feel like you can’t survive without air-conditioning. There are also a few days when the strong wind of storms uproot trees and the downpour results in flooding. Is your heating and air conditioning system still keeping up and running well amid these polar opposite weather conditions? Be observant and never ignore signs that your HVAC might be breaking down. Here are some issues to watch out for and what to do when you encounter them.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
For any business, HVAC maintenance is—or should be—an investment. It’s not enough that you bought the top-of-the-line equipment for your premises. You also have to ensure that it is functioning consistently and optimally for the comfort of your staff and customers or clients. You have to allot a budget for the regular inspection and fine-tuning of your HVAC. You can bet that maintaining your heating and cooling system will be profitable in many ways. Aside from keeping the ideal temperature of your facilities, investing in HVAC maintenance will also help you avoid wasteful energy expenditures, costly repairs, or even injurious breakdowns in the long haul. Technicians can keep the efficiency of the unit, prevent extensive damages and accidents, and detect any issue that would prompt repairs or even timely parts replacements.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
After a long and tiring day at work, you deserve to relax with a long, hot bath. This is especially true during the cooler seasons in Denver. Such a scenario is possible because of the presence of your water heater. Unfortunately, hot water is a convenience that many people take for granted—until the water heater completely gives up on them.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
For the most part, homeowners in Denver usually don’t give their plumbing systems a second thought—at least until something goes wrong. While most people think about leaks and other similar problems, one plumbing disaster that people should make an effort to prevent are sewage backups.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Of the many appliances currently in your home, your heating and cooling system is likely to be the most energy-consumptive one of the bunch. You will rely on your HVAC for comfort during periods of intense heat and/or cold, and it will cost a lot to keep them powered for days. You will have to take every opportunity you can to save on your power costs when it comes to your HVACs.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In an age where more people are conscious about the state of Mother Nature, homeowners and building owners have to be more considerate of what type of buildings decide to put up. Sustainability is the name of the game, and everyone has to do his part in order to reduce his carbon footprint and do nature a favor. A new building, whether for residential or commercial purposes, should be designed such that it does not contribute to more wastage.
Monday, June 22, 2015
When it comes to commercial plumbing in Denver, the most common problems include leaky fixtures, clogged drains, running or clogged toilets, and sewer odors. Various industries or businesses experience these issues, including restaurants, retailers, and health care facilities. When these are left unattended to long enough, they can spell disaster for the business. Why Do the Problems Occur? Many employees and customers use the plumbing fixtures in commercial facilities every day, which means the plumbing undergoes wear and tear faster, or gets accidentally damaged more often. Clogs in the toilets and urinals can be caused by improper disposal of waste products like toilet papers. The drains of kitchen sinks can develop a buildup of fatty or oily compounds, grease, and food debris, especially in foodservice businesses.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Summer in Colorado is also known as lightning season and the formidable--although often forgotten--threat to your safety should never be underestimated. Lightning strikes can cause massive power surges, around 50,000 degrees F of heat per bolt, which can then result in fires leaving extensive property damages worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as deaths and injuries. These grave risks should encourage every homeowner to improve protection at home. Aside from installing lightning protection systems and surge protection devices, you can fix certain elements in your home to reduce or eliminate common fire hazards. Even without lightning, there are certain parts of the home that may be prone to sparking electrical fires, especially if the property was built before the updated building codes.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
You’re probably working your air conditioning system to the hilt now that warm weather is in full swing. However, as you very well know, overworking your system makes it prone to defects and inefficiencies. If you notice your AC system is less cool than usual, here’s what you need to do before you call in a Denver heating and air conditioning professional: Replace your filters Replacing your AC system’s filter is one of the easiest ways to ensure optimal performance. Ideally, you should replace them once every month during the warm seasons. If it’s been a while since you’ve done so, that could be the reason your AC is not hitting the desired temperatures. Check the filter model in the unit, and buy the same type.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The warm seasons are here—now’s the best time to have your furnace inspected before the cold season comes ‘round again. Your home furnace is an extremely useful piece of equipment, but it can also be hazardous to your wellbeing if not well taken care of. For this reason, it is necessary to have your furnace inspected at this time of the year to prevent fire hazards and certain health problems when you start using your furnace again. When it comes to inspection, the only person that should come near your furnace is a professional Denver heating technician. Only he will have the experience and knowledge to do the job properly. If you want to know how your technician goes about maintaining your furnace, below are the steps indicating the tasks that a certified technician will perform to inspect and repair your furnace effectively.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Time can really wear down your plumbing system and tarnish its parts. However, accidents like large, solid household items getting flushed down toilets may also happen and hasten the wear and tear or make them more glaring. Of course, bad habits when using the garbage disposal, toilet, and other fixtures would do the same. Above all, the biggest mistake that you can do is not having your plumbing system maintained regularly by professionals. One of the ways these problems can make themselves known is through weird, funny, or alarming sounds, especially whenever you’re using your fixtures. When you turn on the faucet or shower, run the garbage disposal, turn on the water heater or boiler, or flush the toilet, plumbers in Denver urge you to listen.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
There’s definitely more interest in preserving vintage homes today. Many homeowners or prospective homeowners see the potential in the quaint properties of an old home and its historic architecture. With a few tweaks and refinishing, they can make the property sparkle as a unique home and shine as a reflection of their personality. Of course, some homes would need more extensive makeovers, and there are several important considerations as you remodel. You can perform restorations or simple fixes on the structures of the property like its walls, floor, and ceiling but not always on the other critical components. The electricity, plumbing, and ventilation systems, for instance, may need to be overhauled to update them to the present building codes and standards.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
HVAC systems are a prevalent source of fires, costing hundreds of millions in property damage. In 2010, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported more than 7,000 house fires related to fans, air conditioners, and other such appliances. Central and room HVAC systems were the most prone, having accounted for a third of the fires. Reports filed between 2006 and 2010 indicated that big fires were a result of small problems left unchecked. A third of the fires reported were caused by a sudden spark in the electrical system, which can be triggered by a stray leak. Denver heating and cooling experts can think of an ideal culprit: a clogged or overflowing drain line.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Home additions offer a different challenge in cooling and heating. By adding more space, you also add the area your Denver HVAC system has to cover for optimal cooling and heating. This often requires a major overhaul of the existing system to add more power for less energy, most likely extending the ductwork, which doesn’t come cheap.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Some leaks are just beyond an average homeowner’s capability to locate. It’s a good thing that a Denver plumbing professional from established companies like Total Plumbing, Inc. has the necessary tools and equipment to accurately detect leaks. They may use digital audio filters, high-sensitivity sensors, and high-quality headphones to find even the smallest leaks, not to mention that they bring experience and skills to the table. Once the location of a leak is confirmed, don’t wait. Call in and request a professional Denver plumber to patch up the nuisance as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did so in a timely fashion.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The unexpected rise in temperature probably prompted you to start using your air conditioning unit early. Unfortunately, after a few minutes of AC use, you observe something unusual happening—your AC breaker keeps tripping (turning off). Why is this so? More often than not, the reason behind a breaker tripping is that you have an electrical HVAC issue, which needs to be addressed by a Denver plumbing and HVAC professional. Some of these issues include refrigerant loss, an occasional power outage, or faulty wiring somewhere in the circuit. While you can certainly locate and fix the problem yourself, it may be best to call in a professional to do the repair right.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The temperature in Denver has reached an all-time high of 81 degrees around mid-March, besting the previous record of 76 degrees in 2012. The rest of April may see showers and cool days, but April and May are forecasted to be drier than usual, and summer to be hotter than normal. Aside from wildfire season, heat exhaustion during the period could be a concern. It's the best time to fire up your air conditioner and the worst time for it to fail on you. Working air conditioning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the primary protective factor against heat-related illness. Make sure you have an operational Denver heating and cooling system, especially if there are children or seniors in your household.
Monday, March 30, 2015
It's important to contact someone who has a keen eye for the subtlest signs of HVAC damage. A Denver HVAC contractor like Total Plumbing has experience in these things, especially in the aftermath of a storm. You don't have to worry about not finding an available service provider, as the reliable ones can be called on 24/7 to get damaged HVAC systems back to working condition. With an initial inspection, you can get a clearer idea on what caused your HVAC to go kaput and file a proper claim. Expert assessment is always necessary when making damage claims, as well as documented evidence. The last thing you need is to be denied precious funding for fixing your HVAC.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Suffice it to say that you have to be cautious about what you dispose in your sinks and other drains in your house or building. The negative consequences to your health are already very serious, and when you let the clogs or corrosions go unaddressed, you would face high repair costs, too. To guide you and prevent those problems from happening, here are some of the things that you shouldn’t pour down the drain or flush down the toilet, according to Denver plumbing experts: Grease, Oils, and Fatty Leftovers Grease or oil has always been the enemy of an efficiently working sewer system, since these compounds can cause buildups that are difficult to clear up. They can form “fatbergs” along sewer lines and trigger disgusting, unsanitary backflows.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
When it comes to plumbing maintenance, there are a number of things that have to be regularly checked and fixed right away. The most common ones include leaks, slow drains, running toilets, septic tank inefficiency, and sewer backup. These problems may seem minor, but their effects can add up and have a significant impact to the home or business. For instance, a leaky faucet or a running toilet can waste gallons of water every day, which brings additional costs to maintaining the property. Clogged drains or a backflow of sewage can be a source of odors or severe inconvenience. When you encounter any of those problems, have them assessed and repaired by a professional Denver plumbing company. The common issues can also be prevented through a regular scheduled maintenance.
Friday, March 6, 2015
This may surprise you, but air conditioning systems have actually been around for a long time. In fact, attempts at developing cooling technology have been observed as early as 2,000 years ago, more or less. In 2nd century China, there existed manual rotary fans that brought outside air into a room. In 3rd century Rome, ice was supposedly imported from the mountain regions via donkey train to cool an emperor’s garden. Air conditioning systems have certainly come a long way since those bygone days, but somehow, the same concepts behind them remain to provide thermal comfort indoors. Today, air conditioners installed by Denver heating and cooling companies come in different types and sizes. There are ground units, rooftop air conditioners, even cooling towers, to name a few. There are even air conditioning units that fit inside a window pane resting on the sill.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
What if you’ve already got a clog? One traditional method of getting rid of a clog is pouring a handful of baking soda down the drain and following it up with hot water. You can also try a cup of vinegar in lieu of baking soda; just make sure to let the vinegar sit for 30 minutes. If these methods don’t work, it’s time to call in a Denver HVAC and plumbing professional. Leave unclogging to the pros A clogged kitchen drain needs to be opened so solid deposits and other waste materials can be taken out. The same thing is true for clogged toilets. These tasks are hard and dirty, so it’s better not to attempt performing the repairs yourself. Leave them in the hands of experienced plumbing and HVAC contractors in Denver such as Total Plumbing.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Air conditioners (ACs) are straightforward machines that serve one function—to keep you cool and comfortable. However, the inner workings of these machines is something not most people are familiar with. Of course, you can't expect everyone to be AC expert, which is why Denver HVAC technicians are called in to do the job. How do you tell what the problem is before you call in an expert to fix it? An eHow.com article by Chris Weis gives us a short run-through of the most common symptoms of low refrigerant problems with your AC.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
While Boulder has it hard dealing with the aftereffects of a flood, it could’ve happened to any area in Colorado, like Denver. Floods are a lot more dangerous than most people would think, and things can get pretty ugly when the storm water reaches the plumbing or drainage of a house. It’s a good thing that a Denver plumbing company can help fix any damaged, ruptured, or clogged plumbing following a storm.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
If you want to your living space to avoid the same fate as Bryant's and Edwards', you should look to reputable plumbers in Denver for anything you suspect needs to be serviced right away. Some of the things you should get your plumber to inspect are odd smells coming from any of your pipes, strange hissing sounds from your toilet, and clogs in your drains, among other things. Delaying inspection may lead to more costly repairs and restoration in the future. As it turns out, the toilet problem in the news was caused by clogging due to the improper disposal of feminine hygiene products. You, as a homeowner, can also prevent a potential disaster by making sure that your family knows how to care for your plumbing properly.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Colorado has seen its share of blizzards, and residents have at times had to suffer through deep freeze conditions. Frigid temperatures can leave behind excessive water damage caused by frozen pipes that burst as they thaw. One such incident in 2011 drenched homes from North Colorado through Denver, all the way to Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Occurrences like this can be averted by trying out these simple recommendations from a reputable Denver plumber.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Millennials have always been known as individuals and have always needed personalization. They need to express their distinct creativity, wherever they may be. For example, they make sure that their home speaks of their unique tastes or aesthetics. When it comes to decorating their home, personal taste may be the strongest influential factor for this generation. This is according to A Houzz survey on decorating trends, which further revealed that comfort is their second priority, while subscribing to design trends would be the least.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Have you ever tried “life hacks” at home? Do you know those quick and easy solutions to everyday dilemmas? Be cautious when you do try them, because some can actually be myths that only end up making your life more difficult. For instance, baking soda has been one of the home remedies for plumbing issues, and some may recommend it to unclog drains. However, the compound can only go as far as disinfecting toilets or masking odors. You can pour boxes of the stuff down your drain, but you won’t find the clog cleared up.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Today’s Denver consumers are product-savvy. Before they part with their hard-earned money for a new HVAC unit, they first make sure to look into factors like energy efficiency and maintenance requirements. Once they assess the different facets of their HVAC options, they are ready to make the purchase. Unfortunately, no matter how high a unit’s energy efficiency rating is, it will be a waste if it was installed incorrectly. A recent survey by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NSIT) reveals that a large number of HVAC efficiency issues are due to installation errors. Overall, these installation mistakes increase household energy consumption by 30 percent.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
With Denver residents’ heavy dependence on their furnace during the last couple of winter months, it’s highly likely that they may begin to notice some efficiency issues here and there as the days go by. Before saying “Sayonara!” to an existing furnace, however, homeowners should first make an assessment of their household’s required heating capacity and fuel or power source so they can decide on a suitable replacement option. If homeowners decide to go with a gas-burning unit, they should first study the market since costs of oil, gas, and other fossil fuels tend to fluctuate depending on conditions.